Mixing Archive

Mix Buss Processing For Total Noobs

Mixing is all about balance. Taking the 20, 40, 80 tracks you have, and getting cleaned up, at the right levels, and funneling all those sounds down to a stereo file coming out of speakers and headphones. Since it all comes down to that stereo track, why don’t we start with the mix buss, and

My 5 Favorite Effect Plugins

Special effects. Distortion, flanging, phasing, echo, delay, reverb. There are so many toys and tools out there with which to build unique sounds. Are they completely necessary? Debatable. Are they fun to mangle audio with? Damn right they are. Here are a few of my absolute favorite “effect-y” plugins that I’m using on every mix.

Compression 101

  Compression is often one of the more difficult concepts to wrap a brain around. Threshold, attack, ratio… what does it all mean? Today, I want to give you a primer on compression, and using a drum loop, show how you can use compression to bring punch, power, and energy to your tracks. Enjoy!

Reference Tracks: The Home Studio’s Secret Weapon

If you’re like me (or really, almost anyone with a home recording studio), you probably want the music coming out of your studio to sound like, and stand up to, the music you hear on iTunes, Spotify, and the radio. I get it, but if you’re not actually referencing that sort of music while you’re

The Way You Think About Plugin Presets Is Broken (And How To Fix It)

I mentioned in last week’s article that I have a love-hate relationship with plugin presets. There are times they can really help me out, and others when they’re the worst thing about DAW mixing. Let’s break that down a bit and talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly. We’ll start with… The Ugly